Album review: John Fogerty, The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again (2009)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, SEPT. 10, 2009 By Steve Newton Fans of John Fogerty’s southern swamp-boogie might not be thrilled by his latest CD, which—apart from a rootsy remake of his 1986 stomper “Change in the Weather”—is a collection of country music covers. It’s a throwback to his 1973 solo debut, The Blue … Continue reading Album review: John Fogerty, The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again (2009)

Album review: Jesse Malin, Glitter in the Gutter (2007)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, APRIL 12, 2007 By Steve Newton On his MySpace page, New York City rocker Jesse Malin quips that his music sounds like "mashed potatoes", which makes a bit of sense, I guess. As well as being totally tasty, the music on Glitter in the Gutter, Malin's third CD, is … Continue reading Album review: Jesse Malin, Glitter in the Gutter (2007)

Mason Ruffner was inspired by Jimmy Page to inject fire into his Gypsy Blood

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 31, 1987 By Steve Newton The Fabulous Thunderbirds are from Austin, Texas. Mason Ruffner is from Forth Worth. The Fabulous Thunderbirds hit it big last year with an album produced by Dave Edmunds. Mason Ruffner is hitting it big this year with an album produced by Dave Edmunds. … Continue reading Mason Ruffner was inspired by Jimmy Page to inject fire into his Gypsy Blood

Little Steven Van Zandt’s social conscience rings loud and clear on Freedom–No Compromise

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 17, 1987 By Steve Newton Little Steven Van Zandt has carved out a significant niche for himself in the music world by putting his politics front and centre on his records. But it was not always so for the former member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, who … Continue reading Little Steven Van Zandt’s social conscience rings loud and clear on Freedom–No Compromise

Comeback queen Tina Turner gives Vancouver “a big kiss” on her Private Dancer tour

mila geran photo ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, OCT. 4, 1985 By Steve Newton Tina Turner gave the crowd at the Coliseum last Saturday (September 28) "a big kiss" for supporting the "comeback" that culminated with her 1984 Private Dancer going six-times platinum in Canada. And she thanked them by playing--with the exception of … Continue reading Comeback queen Tina Turner gives Vancouver “a big kiss” on her Private Dancer tour

Steve Earle follows the Copperhead Road to Vancouver

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, April 21, 1989 How many famous touring stars hang around backstage after a show, tirelessly signing autographs and posing for pictures, till nearly all the hangers-on have snagged their mementos and headed off, leaving the object of their affection looking around and thinking, "Where'd everybody go?" Steve Earle is … Continue reading Steve Earle follows the Copperhead Road to Vancouver